• Brian Aufdenberg

The Olmsted


I have always been a fan of architecture, design, and a damn good cocktail so when Design Bureau reached out about me contributing a custom cocktail for them, I was pretty stoked. They were curating a series of cocktails that summer that were all inspired or named after famous architects. At the time I was knee deep int he book "Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson. One of the main characters of the book is the architect Frederick Law Olmsted. You know, the guy who designed Central Park, Prospect Park, and the 1893 Worlds Fair in Chicago. Fun fact, the Farris Wheel debuted at that fair. It is also where Pabst Beer won its oh so famous Blue Ribbon!



I took a few days and mulled it over. I thought about an older classic turn of the century influenced drink. That passed pretty quick when I imagined some self important mixologist with garters and small round glasses explaining why this drink is called the Olmsted. Then I thought about a more modern drink with some nod to building something and using way to many ingredients. That passed pretty quick when I thought about some guy named Doug trying to impress his date and pissing off the bartender and the ten other people waiting on drinks while this thing is being concocting. Thanks Doug!!!!!!!




I decided to go with a drink that would be a perfect one to sip on during a hot day at one of the great parks Mr. Olmsted gave us. From there I just put some of my favorite summer time flavors together the recipe came together pretty quick. When I got the tear sheet a few weeks later, I have to say it was a pretty cool feeling. It was a great reminder that if you do what you love, and create around something really enjoy, good things will happen if you keep at it.


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